Tell The Wind and Fire

Tell the Wind and Fire

How did I get it?
NetGalley- thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Unspoken
Untold
Unmade

Synopsis:

In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets.

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself?

Thoughts

I was really excited to get approved for this book as I absolutely adored The Lynburn Legacy that I have previously read by Sarah Rees Brennan. I was intrigued by the synopsis and how it was based on A Tale Of Two Cities. I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of A Tale Of Two Cities, but I was interested nonetheless!

I enjoyed Tell The Wind And Fire. It’s a story of two cities, one of light and one of dark. It is centred in New York, so think Light New York and Dark New York. I’m always intrigued by books that involve magic. I really think this book has a great mixture of magic, romance and adventure.

Tell The Wind and Fire opens with our main characters Lucie and Ethan. They are stopped on their way home one night. Ethan is accused of helping the rebels. Ethan’s doppelgänger, named Carwyn, appears in order to save Ethan’s life. After all, in this world doppelgängers are created in order to save another person. They are supposed to be killed, but Ethan’s mum decided to save Carwyn. Doppelgängers are illegal and if Ethan’s popular family are found to have a doppelgänger it could affect their ‘celebrity’ reputation.

Once again, Sarah Rees Brennan has created some amazing characters. I thought Ethan and Lucie were interesting characters, but for me, Carwyn really stole the story for me. I think without him this story might have suffered. He really was a stand out character.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

An intriguing storyline with a great character involved!

Unmade (Lynburn Legacy #3)

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Unspoken
Untold

Synopsis:

Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

Thoughts:

I have to admit that The Lynburn Legacy surprised me. I was never expecting to like it as much as I did. I was nervous going into reading this book. All too often series ending don’t live up to my expectations. However, I thought Unmade was a great ending to the trilogy. It was fast paced and interesting. I was pleased with the resolution!

Unmade picks up soon after the events of Untold. I felt like I hadn’t been away from the series for too long. Rob Lynburn is now more powerful than ever and is expecting a sacrifice. Kami, as kick-ass as ever, is determined to beat Rob with the help of her friends.

It’s really hard to review a final book in the series without ruining it for others that haven’t got as far as this yet, so I won’t say much about the actual plot. I will say that this book has a wonderful combination of darkness, action and humour. The romance isn’t heavy and I appreciate that. I wanted to read about the characters I have grown to love and learn more about characters that hadn’t been explored in depth yet. This totally happened with Unmade and I’m grateful for that!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A fantastic end to a wonderful series. I highly recommend The Lynburn Legacy!

15 for 2015: How did I do?

In 2015, I highlighted 15 series that were on my radar- either to finish or to start! Here is how I did with this challenge…

Series I finished…

-Splintered-

Splintered (Splintered, #1)Unhinged (Splintered, #2)Ensnared (Splintered, #3)

I read Unhinged and Ensnared.

-Legend-

Legend (Legend, #1)Prodigy (Legend, #2)Champion (Legend, #3)

I read Champion.

-Burn For Burn-

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)

I read Ashes to Ashes!

-The Summer I Turned Pretty-

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

I read We’ll Always Have Summer (review to follow).

Series I’m nearly finished

-Something Strange and Deadly-

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

I read A Darkness Strange and Lovely. Strange and Ever After is coming soon.

Series I didn’t finish and have no intentions of finishing…

-Birthmarked-

Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1)Prized (Birthmarked, #2)Promised

I didn’t enjoy Prized, so didn’t and won’t continue the series…

 -Unwind Dystology-

Unwind (Unwind, #1)Unwholly (Unwind, #2)UnSouled (Unwind, #3)

This one surprised me. I didn’t really enjoy Unwholly, so don’t want to read the rest. A shame!

-The Darkest Minds-

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

I didn’t enjoy this book, so won’t be continuing!

-Across The Universe-

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Unfortunately I didn’t connect with this book!

 Series I started-

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)The Giver (The Giver, #1)Awaken (Awaken, #1)Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Unspoken– I’m almost finished this trilogy! (Unspoken, Untold)

Shiver– I started this trilogy, not my favourite trilogy, but decent enough! (Shiver)

The Giver– I’m almost finished this quartet. One book to go! (The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger (review to follow))

Awaken– I started this series, I remember enjoying it at the time, but it’s story isn’t sticking with me. (Awaken)

Ten Tiny Breaths– The ending really annoyed me, but I’m intrigued enough to continue! (Ten Tiny Breaths)

Anna Dressed In Blood– I enjoyed the first book! (Anna Dressed In Blood)

In 2016, I shall continue to conquer my series. Look at the page HERE for series I am aiming to finish!

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016.

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January Releases

This Is Where It Ends- Marieke Nijkamp

This Is Where It Ends

I have read this book already, but I can’t wait for it to be out officially!

The Year We Fell Apart- Emily Martin

The Year We Fell Apart

This book sounds incredibly sad, but moving at the same time. It is about a teenager who is struggling with the loss of her mother.

Underwater- Marisa Reichardt

Underwater

I am so intrigued by this YA thriller. It sounds like a promising debut!

The Love That Split The World- Emily Henry

The Love That Split the World

I don’t know a lot about this book, but the cover immediately intrigued me!

February Releases

Symptoms of Being Human- Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human

I have already heard some good buzz around this book! I can’t wait to read it.

March Releases

Walk The Edge- Katie McGarry

Walk the Edge (Thunder Road, #2)

I do adore Katie McGarry’s writing. I’m looking forward to her next release!

Into The Dim- Janet B.Taylor

Into the Dim

This sounds like another intriguing time travel read!

April Releases

Tell The Wind and Fire- Sarah Rees Brennan

Tell the Wind and Fire

I absolutely love Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing, so I can’t wait to read more from her!

When We Collided- Emery Lord

When We Collided

Emery Lord is another favourite. I can’t wait to read this! (Hopefully by the time this list comes out I’ve read her second book! 😉 )

May Release

The Unexpected Everything- Morgan Matson

The Unexpected Everything

I’m very much looking forward to Morgan Matson’s newest release. She has become an auto buy author for me.

Feel free to enter my 3 year blogoversary giveaway! Chrissi Reads turns 3 today!

What are your most anticipated releases for the first half of 2016? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by, I’m pretty sure that I’m going to be adding lots of books to my TBR this week!

Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten New-To-Me favourite authors discovered in 2015!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

Claire Kendal- The Book Of You

The Book of YouI really enjoyed this pyschological thriller. I’m not keen on books being compared to Gone Girl, but this book is good in its own right!

Sarah Benwell- The Last Leaves Falling

The Last Leaves Falling

This book is an absolutely beautiful read. I can’t recommend it highly enough!

Sarah Rees Brennan- Unspoken

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

I adore this trilogy! I find Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing style so easy to read. I adore the main protagonist too! 🙂

Brandy Colbert- Pointe

Pointe

This book is easily one of my favourite reads of 2015. I thought it was so beautifully written.

Lois Lowry- The Giver

The Giver (The Giver, #1)

I adored The Giver. I devoured it!

Louise O’Neill- Only Ever Yours

Only Ever Yours

Louise O’Neill has quickly become one of my favourites. I loved Only Ever Yours and her most recent release Asking For It.

Jessica Spotswood- Born Wicked

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1)

I think this cover is incredibly cheesy, but I absolutely love the story inside.

Mary E.Pearson- The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles, #1)

I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It blew me away!

Rosamund Hodge- Cruel Beauty

Cruel Beauty (Cruel Beauty Universe #1)

This was another book that I was surprised that I liked so much. I know it’s got its flaws but I really enjoyed it!

Becky Albertalli- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I have SO much love for this book. I highly recommend it.

What authors have you discovered this year? Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #130

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Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

Lighter than My Shadow

I saw this beautiful graphic novel in Foyles. It’s huge! I’m really intrigued. It is about a girl’s battle with anorexia.

Messenger (The Giver, #3)

This is the third book in The Giver quartet. I’m intrigued to see what this book is like.

Sisters' Fate (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #3)

I am very excited to see how this trilogy ends with Sisters’ Fate.  I have enjoyed this trilogy much more than I anticipated.

Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)

I have been meaning to read this book for a while now after enjoying Anna Dressed In Blood. I’m trying to finish off some series before the end of the year. Fingers crossed!

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

I’ve been putting off this book for ages now as I don’t want the trilogy to end!

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy, #3)

This is yet another trilogy that I’m hoping to complete!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by!

Untold (Lynburn Legacy #2)

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Unspoken

Synopsis:

On the surface, Sorry-in-the-Vale is a sleepy English town. But Kami Glass knows the truth. Sorry-in-the-Vale is full of magic. In the old days, the Lynburn family ruled with fear, terrifying the people into submission in order to kill for blood and power. Now the Lynburns are back, and Rob Lynburn is gathering sorcerers so that the town can return to the old ways.

But Rob and his followers aren’t the only sorcerers in town. A decision must be made: pay the blood sacrifice, or fight. For Kami, this means more than just choosing between good and evil. With her link to Jared Lynburn severed, she’s now free to love anyone she chooses. But who should that be?

A darkly humorous take on Gothic romance, Sarah Rees Brennan’s Lynburn Legacy weaves together the tale of a heroine desperate to protect those she loves, two boys hoping to be saved, and the magical forces that will shape their destiny.

Thoughts:

I couldn’t wait to pick up Untold after really enjoying Unspoken earlier this year. It’s always tricky to review a second book in the series, as I never want to spoil anything tomorrow. This book didn’t really live up to Unspoken for me, but it was still enjoyable nonetheless. Untold continues the story of Sorry-in-the-Vale, the town which is full of dark magic and sorcery. We continue to follow Kami and the Lynburn family. In Untold, Rob Lynburn wants to go back to when the Lynburns were on top of Sorry-in-the-Vale. As at the end of Unspoken, Kami no longer has a connection to Jared, but she still has the desire in her to stand up to Rob.

Kami has to be one of my favourite characters in a series. I think she’s amazing. She’s spirited, she’s funny, she’s strong, what more can you want from a YA character? I think the characters are one of the best things about this trilogy. They are so well developed. I also really appreciated that Kami’s parents are present and care so much about her. If you’re not into YA fiction that might seem like a strange statement to make, but all too often parents are missing in YA!

There is a love triangle going on. It’s YA…how could there not be? However, I never felt like it overshadowed the story. I didn’t believe it as much as I would’ve liked, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story.

Sarah Rees Brennan has a way with humour. I really enjoyed how it was added into an otherwise very dark story. There was a perfect balance of witty conversation and action. The plot itself isn’t very action packed, but at the same time it never feels like it slows too much. It moves at a good pace and kept me turning the pages. I’m excited to see where this trilogy goes next.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A decent middle book in the trilogy. The strength in this trilogy is certainly the characters!